Tuesday, July 31, 2018
I am excited to share this quick look at my work from my time last year as the Artist-in-Residence at the Interational Museum of Surgical Science. Listen to a new poem and hear a little about the making thanks to the Poetry Foundation's PoetryNow podcast.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
I’ve had the pleasure to be the Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago’s most esoteric and macabre museum (also located in a fantastic historic mansion). As part of this, I’m excited to announce two upcoming events that may be of interest.
The first, after many months of dreaming and plotting, my hope of having my surgical-themed book, Operating Theater, adapted for the dance stage has finally come together. Cuban choreographer Edson Cabrera, formerly of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and now of Concert Dance Chicago, will be presenting a work-in-progress performance accompanied by the sounds of experimental musician Joseph Clayton Mills, of Haptic and more. Dancing with Edson will be Rodolfo Sanchez Sarracino, also of Concert Dance, and Jamie Corliss, of The Coincidentals.
Movement & Music Collaboration
When: Friday, June 23rd @ 7:00 PM
Where: Links Hall, 3111 N. Western, Chicago
Tickets: $5, available in advance on Ticketfly: http://linkshall.ticketfly.com/search/?q=willing
What: We are one-half of a two performance evening, also including the thought-provoking work of Anjal Chande from Soham Dance Space.
Extras: I’ll be baking snacks, tasty, tasty snacks!
Second, if you can’t make the live performance and/or would like more poetry with your dance, please join me for the culmination of my artist residency on the first Friday in August. In addition to a screening of the June dance performance, I’ll be reading poetic work produced during my residency, with a focus on early women in medicine in Chicago. The dance video and my artist books will be on display at the Museum throughout the month of August, so if you haven’t had a chance to experience its bizarre and somewhat Victorian exhibits, now is the time.
Reading & Dance Video Screening
When: Tuesday, August 1st @ 5:30 PM
Where: International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lakeshore Drive, Chicago
Tickets: Free and open to all: https://imss.org/public-events/
I hope to see you at one or both of these!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Tentatively, an artist talk is scheduled for May 5th and the culminating performance and exhibition will kick-off on August 4th. Check back for more details!
Friday, October 28, 2016
Come back to the space
where we were so close
Tell us again how you know
how you submerged us
how we re-wrote the movement of sidewalk and street
how it bent up to meet us
how our cries made a body an earthquake
What was that chain reaction?
Notes on the Composition
“Grapple” was written as a multidisciplinary poetry-dance work in collaboration with the Coincidentals, Chicago choreographers and dancers Jamie Corliss and Lydia Feuerhelm. Initially the dancers drew inspiration from a photo by Shayna Stacy of an arrest of a young African American man during a protest as part of Moral Mondays Illinois in Chicago in November of 2015. The text then incorporated ideas from the image alongside source material and videos provided by the dancers. Together, we adapted the structure of the poem to inform the building of the dance, so that the two work with and against each other. Using spoken text and movement, the resulting piece evokes the complex physicality of the act of protest where intimacy and aggression overlap. Street protest occupies a unique space in contemporary society, where strangers are fueled by a shared urgency, where limpness and release take the form of strength, where people defy norms by being so close. Rather than address the politics of protest, the piece in performance addresses the energy and feeling of these movements in a corporeal sense. It examines how physicality in protest exists in seemingly contradictory ways: bodily weakness can be an act of strength and physical closeness can unify or it can assert power hierarchies.
“Grapple” was first performed in Chicago as part of the Mess Hall series in August 2016.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press and the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She is the author of Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) as well as the chapbooks An Overture in the Key of F (above/ground press 2013) and A Useless Window (Black Ocean 2006).
This is her second chapbook with above/ground press, after An Overture in the Key of F (2013).
Carrie Olivia Adams
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Operating Theater will be available August 1st from Noctuary Press, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You can catch previews of the new work at the following upcoming Chicago readings:
Thursday, June 4th @ 7:30 PM
Living Room Realty
1530 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60642
As part of the book launch for Ryo Yamaguchi’s amazing first book The Refusal of Suitors.
Saturday, July 25th @ 5:30 PM
City Lit Books
2523 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
Along with good friends James Shea, Nate Hoks, and Julia Cohen
Hope to see some new and friendly faces!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Watchful Ear has posted a truly thoughtful review of my poetry and music collaboration, The Huntress, with Joseph Clayton Mills and Deanna Varagona. "Fantastic, unusual work." "The music is stunning." "I rarely read poetry, but found each these little vignettes a real gem."